Walking Music - Playlists for fitness level

Walking music is a great way to give you a boost of energy while exercising. This article will provide you with a complete guide to selecting the best songs for your fitness level.


You'll find helpful advice to:

  • Create your own personalized playlist of songs that are perfect for your pace. Read on for GREAT song recommendations! You'll find songs for beginner walkers to power walkers. 
  • Use a great app that will change the tempo of the songs you already have downloaded on your iPhone or iPod to match your walking pace called Tempo Magic Pro.
  • Purchase a pre-made fitness music mix that has the perfect songs to exercise to, plus guidance and motivation to stay on track.
  • Download fun new fitness apps for your smartphone. Find the top rated fitness apps to help motivate you, count calories, find new routes and much more.
And don't forget to click here and share your favorite walking music with other walkers!



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Have you ever noticed what happens when your favorite song comes on the radio?

Maybe you start tapping your foot or clapping your hands. In some form or another, you start moving. Why is that? Because our favorite songs give us energy.

There is evidence to support this too. Many studies have been conducted on the power of listening to music while exercising.

One study conducted at Hampden-Sydney College in Virgina found that students traveled 11% further while listening to music than listening to silence or static. Additionally, they rated their levels of exertion as lower than the students who listened to silence or static.

This study demonstrates that those who listen to music while exercising are able to push themselves further without noticing the extra effort. (source: Reuters.com Music Helps Exercisers Go Further with Less Effort By Alison McCook)

A word of caution before we go further. Keep your music at a low volume so that you can hear the sounds around you and stay aware of your surroundings. You don't want your music so loud that you can't hear traffic, animals, people or cyclists coming up behind you.


How to pick songs with the proper beats per minute to match your fitness level:

Beginner (slow stroll): 115 – 118 beats per minute

See my recommend playlist for:

slow walking music

Intermediate (brisk walking): 118 – 126 beats per minute

Here's a great playlist for:

brisk walking music

Advanced (fast walking): 130 – 138 beats per minute

See my recommendations for:

fast walking music

Power walking: 137+ beats per minute

Don't miss this playlist for:

power walking music


How to Change The Tempo of Your Music to Match Your Pace

I recently came across an app for your iPhone or ipod called  

Tempo Magic Pro - lolo

that automatically changes the Beats Per Minute (BPM) of any song already loaded on your iPod or iPhone. You can set it to the exact walking pace you want and it will either slow down or speed up the songs you already listen to.

Don't worry, it won't make the artists sound like the Chipmunks or slow their voices down so much that it sounds like they are talking underwater. That's because it doesn't change the pitch of their voices.

Now you can turn all of the songs you love into great walking music for a great price.


Why Buy a Walking Fitness Music Mix?

These specially designed mixes offer many options. Some of the options to choose from are:

  • Songs for warm-ups and cool-downs
  • Inspiration, encouragement and motivation by a fitness expert
  • Interval training
  • Stretching tips and advice

Where can you find music for fitness walking?

I put together this carousel of great MP3 downloads that you can get from Amazon. Not all songs are sung by the original artists because the songs have been remade to an appropriate tempo for each fitness level. They sound very much like the originals, though.





Top Rated Fitness Apps

 I recently purchased an iPhone and have been having a lot of fun exploring the large selection of fitness apps available. These powerful apps can be somewhat of a virtual fitness trainer by tracking your calories consumed, calories burned and much more.

Virtual Walk - This app is available on Adroid phones and Google Play. What I love about this app is that is provides you with virtual walking routes around the United States. So while you're walking your usual daily route, this app transports you to Washington D.C.,the Appalachian Trail or wherever you want to go. You'll learn facts about the area along the way and track your stats at the same time. What fun!


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Read Other Great Walking Music Recommendations

"Click on the links below to see some great recommendations for walking music. They were all written by other visitors to this page."


Jenn's Recommendation For All Walking Speeds 
LADY GAGA No matter what speed she has a song for you! And she will inspire you to get moving! For slow walking: Speechless For brisker walking: …

aprox 17 minute mile walk Not rated yet
I recently started using an app called Map My Walk that tells me my walking pace is about 3.6 for aprox a 16.49 min mile. I love, love, love walking …

"Walking with Music to release Stress and to keep yourself Fit " Not rated yet
I started exercising to lose weight in September 2012 and I have lost 5 kg so far. Some of my favorite songs while walking according to speed is as …

What Jere listens to during walking workouts.. Not rated yet
Well, I am currently enrolled in Fitness Walking at a small college where I am an alumni. Rock music has been one of my main interests for over 25 years. …

I like inspirational music Not rated yet
My favorite is "Songs 4 Worship. I walk to the beat of the music and the songs vary which is good for a mid- level walker Songs for Worship...I have …

Sheila's walking music Not rated yet
Every Breath You Take 4:13 The Police Love You Like a Love Song 3:08 Selena Gomez & The Scene Bad Romance 4:56 Lady GaGa …

lawanda's recomendation for inspirational walking music Not rated yet
The song is called "Walking" and the artist name is Mary Mary. he musical lyrics are in keeping with what you are doing and what you are trying to accomplish …

Sandi's recommendation for fast walking music Not rated yet
"Gregoria" by Magna Canta "Derezzed" by Daft Punk "Hooked on Classics" by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --Wow, Sandi, thanks for adding these great …

Christine's Recommendation for Brisk Walking Music Not rated yet
DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love - Usher OMG - Usher Moves Like Jagger - Maroon Five While walking quickly. --Christine, I love these songs! They all …

Power Walking Music Not rated yet
LMFAO - Sexy and I know it LMFAO - Party Rock BEP's - Boom Boom Pow JLopez with Pitbull - On the Floor Black Keys - Loney Boy Pitbull with Neo - Everything …

Lisa's recommendations for brisk walking music Not rated yet
Kylie - All The Lovers Take That - Kidz You find yourself almost route-marching to Kidz, because of the marching feet and beat of the song!!! --Thank …

Four-Mile Per Hour Music Not rated yet
I do a 4mph pace so these are three of the songs I like to use, recommend more please--I've got a half-marathon (3 hours!) to do and lots of training between …

Theresa's recommendations for brisk walking.  Not rated yet
Great Brisk Walking Music: Walk away, Kelly Clarkson A little less conversation remastered version, Elvis Presley Kodachrome, Paul Simon Send me …

Fast/Power Walk Not rated yet
The latest addition to my mix is Shakira's Waka Waka Africa. Seems to be just the right beat for the pace I set for my half hour around the block walk …

Brisk walking Music (16 to 17 minute mile) Not rated yet
Muse- Uprising U2- Vertigo --Thank you for adding these two songs to the library of great brisk walking music! --Melissa. The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com …

Brisk Walking Song Not rated yet
Put your hands up for detroit - Fredde le grande --What a great song! Thank you for your contribution. --Melissa, The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com

Cassandra's idea of good speed walking music...... Not rated yet
Usher and Bieber, Somebody to love, amazing, took me thru my first marathon . Also Bieber's "baby baby" song. Songs from the first High School Musical …

Sandy's mid-to-brisk walking music suggestions Not rated yet
These first two are from a mixtape I made for my pregnancy fitness class way back in '84. They work just as well controlled-walking with an iPod. "Bach …

Lizzie's Favorite Walking Music Not rated yet
Here are the songs I like to listen to when walking: The road to hell/Chris Rae Escapaz/Enrique Iglesias

Lizzie's recommendation for fast walking music Not rated yet
I drove all night/ Celine Dion The great Australian Dream/Graeme Connors Garden Party/Ricky Nelson One night stand/Enrique Iglesias If the world crashes …

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Recommended Playlists:

  • Slow walking music - perfect tempo for beginners or for a  warm-up session or cool-down session.
  • Brisk walking music - great playlist for those who can walk a 17-20 minute mile.
  • Fast walking music - fast paced song recommendations for those who can walk a 15-17 minute mile.
  • Power walking music - if you can really crank out a walk and need some tunes to keep you going, I've got some great songs for you.


Recommended walking albums:

Shape Magazine Cardio: Electric 80's - 44 Min Non-Stop Workout (138-152 BPM Perfect for Fast Cardio, Fast Paced Walking, Elliptical and General Fitness) - Various Artists
Shape Cardio - Top 40 Hits, Vol. 2 (Non-Stop Workout Mix) - Power Music Workout